NSW Focus 16th April 2012

In This Issue of Focus

April Drop In
2012 National Awards - A Reminder
Sony SRMaster
HQ Hosts Cinematography & Lighting Workshop
Colour Correction for Cinematographers

Drop In 19th April

Our next Drop In will be on
April 19th
from 6pm at
ACS National HQ Level 2
26 Ridge St North Sydney

Bring a friend or two - you don't need to be an ACS member to "Drop In".

This month cinematographer Steve Williams and producer Martin Walsh will screen
"The Battle of Long Tan"

In the gathering dusk of 18 August 1966, 108 young, inexperienced Australian and NZ soldiers are separated and surrounded, fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. And, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, with their ammunition running out and another Vietnamese battalion massing for the final assault, the digger's situation seemed hopeless. Long Tan is the true story of ordinary boys who became extraordinary men.

Martin and Steve have made a great film about this iconic ANZAC battle so come along, meet them and find out how they went about their task.

Thank you very much to Kathryn Millass and Geoffrey Burton ACS for making the time to come along to our March Drop In.

As Cinematographer and Producer they gave us an insight to their working relationship during the making of "Careless Love", a feature film directed by John Duigan. It was a great night and once again was well attended.

2012 National Awards - A Reminder

As you are probably now aware the 2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography are to be held on
May 5th
at Manly Pacific Hotel, Manly NSW.

That's only two and a half weeks away so don't delay, don't miss out, book your tickets now. And remember - book by the 28th April and go into the draw for a copy of the Standard Edition of The Shadowcatchers.

Click here to book your tickets for the 2012 ACS National Awards »

RedApple iPad Competition

ACS NSW Platinum sponsor Red Apple Camera Rentals are giving away the New Apple iPad in their latest competition. To enter, simply take a "Red Apple" themed photo in a fun and creative way then email it to [email protected] by June 30th 2012.

The most creative photo will be awarded the New Apple iPad. The winner will be announced on the Red Apple website and facebook pages shortly after the competition closes.

Red Apple wish you good luck and happy snapping.

Broader Support of SRMASTER Format

Press release from our National sponsor Sony:

Sydney - 10 April 2012: - Sony's F65 CineAlta camera delivers true 4K image resolution-the highest resolution currently available in the digital motion picture production industry. At last September's IBC, Sony announced that the camera's SRMASTER recording formats (F65RAW files and 2K/HD MPEG-4 Simple Studio Profile) would be promoted to the market as an open platform. Since that time, Sony has worked to gain the industry's broad support for these formats by providing technical specifications and development assistance to content production equipment manufacturers.

To read more about the technology behind this announcement download the PDF file below.

Sony_Broadening_SRMaster_Support_NAB2012_Release.pdf »

HQ Hosts Another Weekend Cinematography & Lighting Workshop

The ACS National HQ is being regularly used by Sydney based cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS as the Sydney venue for his cinematography and lighting workshops and One-on-One training days.

Another of the popular weekend workshops is planned for Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th May, and this one will cover more than just the basics of shooting with a video camera.

The core of good cinematography is the strength of Pieter's training and participants will learn the knack of telling a compelling story with a video camera by using strong composition, clever use of available light and shooting the perfect mix of shots to create stunning sequences.

Pieter says, "the HQ has a cosy ambience that's well suited for learning the craft, however there are plenty of open spaces for participants to move about and try things out. The neighbouring parks and leafy streets-capes are spot-on for exterior practice shoots." 

Pieter requests that any ACS members who know of someone who may be interested in attending this workshop to get them to contact him on 0418 169 955 or suggest that they visit the training website, link below - there they'll find a full list of topics covered plus a breakdown of each day.

http://www.pieterdevries.com.au/ »

Colour Correction for Cinematographers

Colourist Tim Farrell of Learn Resolve will soon be running more of his popular one on one Colour Correction for DoPs courses. They will be conducted during late April and mid May.

Tim has a very extensive background as a colourist at post houses both in Australia and internationally and predominantly with DaVinci Resolve.

Many cinematographers may have spent countless days and weeks if not months in the grading suite and are well aware of the myriad of techniques available to show their work at its best although many may not be aware of the nuts and bolts work that the colourist performs.

This course is a great opportunity to learn the techniques of a professional colourists - get your hands on those knobs and trackballs, be guided by Tim and learn exactly the mechanics of DaVinci Resolve.

Conducted over two days the comprehensive course covers in detail areas such as: Primary Contrast Adjustments, Primary Colour Adjustments, Secondary Adjustments, Power Windows, Shot Matching and Scene Balancing and also Creative Techniques.

Some of Tim's previous clients are listed on the Learn Resolve website and include:
Kim Batterham ACS, Simon Ozolins, Matt Stewart ACS, Marc Spicer ACS and Warwick Field.

The course will be conducted in the Sydney suburb of Stanhope Gardens on the following dates:
April 23&24, 25&26, 27&28,
April/May 30&1
May 2&3, 4&5, 7&8, 9&10, 11&12
Participants receive two full days of one-on-one training and the cost is $1000.

Tim Farrell can be contacted on 0468 332 558
or email Learn Resolve

www.learnresolve.com »

ACS National Headquarters
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street,
North Sydney
NSW 2060
Ph: 02 8920 8535

HQ Manager David Lewis


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